Collection of contemporary gangster films.
5 disc box set.
Contains: American Gangster, Carlito’s Way, Casino, Public Enemies and Scarface
‘American Gangster‘ (2007): Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States. As a result, his product is superior to what is currently available on the street and his prices are lower. His alliance with the New York Mafia ensures his position. It is also the story of a dedicated and honest policeman, Richie Roberts, who heads up a joint narcotics task force with the Federal government.
In ‘Scarface’ (1983), up-and-coming gangster Tony Montana (Al Pacino) arrives in Miami as a Cuban refugee. With his friend Manny (Stephen Bauer), Tony carries out a hit on a politician, earning him the gratitude of drug dealer Frank Lopez (Robert Loggia). Tony rises rapidly in the ‘organization’, but courts disaster when he becomes involved with Lopez’s cocaine-addicted wife, Elvira (Michelle Pfeiffer).
In ‘Carlito’s Way’ (1993), Carlito (Pacino) is a Hispanic drugs boss just released from prison. Determined to go straight and move to the Bahamas with his girlfriend, Gail (Penelope Ann Miller), Carlito is tempted back to the wrong side of the law by his lawyer, nerdish coke-head David Kleinfeld (Sean Penn), for ‘one last job’. Brian De Palma directs this visually eloquent film about a man’s inevitable tragic demise with his familiar penchant for the big set piece and violent action.
In ‘Casino’ (1995), Sam ‘Ace’ Rothstein (De Niro) is the mob’s frontman for a billion dollar Las Vegas casino. The story begins in 1973; Ace falls for hooker Ginger McKenna (Sharon Stone), while boyhood companion Nicky Santoro (Joe Pesci) is appointed as his muscle at the club. Over the years various jealousies surface and erupt in a series of violent betrayals and, ultimately, the destruction of Rothstein’s empire. In ‘American Gangster’ (2007), when his boss dies, underworld driver Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) seizes his chance and begins to build his own criminal empire. Utilising the bodies of dead US soldiers, Lucas begins importing heroin direct from South-East Asia, increasing purity on the street, and undercutting his rivals in one swoop. Before long he’s amassed a fortune, bringing him to the attention of maverick policeman Ritchie Roberts (Russell Crowe), an honest cop in an otherwise corrupt force, who makes it his business to shut Lucas down.
Finally, in ‘Public Enemies’ (2009), set in 1930s gangland America, Johnny Depp stars as the charismatic bank robber John Dillinger. Dillinger’s audacious raids and subsequent jailbreaks thrilled the American public as their sympathy for the banks that had plunged the country into Depression reached an all-time low. Despite his status as a folk hero, Dillinger was declared ‘Public Enemy Number One’ by J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup) and became the prime target of Hoover’s fledgling FBI, headed by Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale). Marion Cotillard co-stars as gangster’s moll Billie Frechette.
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Actors: Denzel Washington, Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone
Format: Box set
Region: All Regions / Region FREE
Number of discs: 5
Studio: Universal Pictures
DVD Release Date: 5 Sep 2011
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